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The Courtroom is Downtown – There’s No Judgment Here !!!

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NOW is a good time to get fit and be healthy, so don’t let the fear of being judged by fit people at your local gym keep you from working out.  Taking care of your health is ultra-important because a fit body allows you to experience all the exciting...   [Read More]


A Family is a Family is a Family….

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Who says a “family” must have a mom, a dad, and a white picket fence? Families come in all shapes and sizes. Single parent families, blended families, kids raised bygramma… What is most important is that kids have a family to call their own.All...   [Read More]


Wanted: Caring Adults to Care for Children in Need

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Did you know that at this very moment, there are approximately 570 children in foster care in the Niagara Region and fewer than 180 foster homes available to care for them?Did you know that these children, from tiny infants to busy teens all need one...   [Read More]


Homophobic Bullying In Schools Still Runs Rampant

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“Discrimination means differential treatment of an individual or group of individuals which is based, in whole or in part, on one of more of the prohibited grounds for discrimination, and which thus has an adverse impact on the individual or group of...   [Read More]


Russian government cracks down on the LGBT community

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The International Olympic Committee has affirmed their ban on any political speech or demonstrations by athletes during the Winter Games. While some hope athletes will don rainbow-colored gear and hoist rainbow flags at the opening ceremony, they...   [Read More]


USA Supreme Court Rulings June 26, 2013 – A Summary

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There were two rulings; Set aside DOMA (defense of marriage act) which denied federal benefits to LGBT married couples. Federal benefits are wide ranging including inheritance laws, social security benefits (like our pension programs), tax...   [Read More]


AIDS Niagara Launches Regional “Living +Positive+”Campaign

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AIDS Niagara is launching a region wide community awareness campaign. The “LIVING +POSITIVE+” campaign kicks off with a ceremony Thursday July 4th, 2013 2:30-3:30 pm.The ceremony will be followed by a poster blitz, as volunteers hit the streets with...   [Read More]


Being a Role Model – with pride

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This post is from Marnie McBean’s (Rowing Olympian) website: Marnie in the News Oct 4, 2013 Why Fund Sport   When asked if I wanted to be on the Canadian Olympic Committee’s float at the Toronto Pride Parade, I found myself, not for the first time,...   [Read More]


Gender And Sexual Diversities, Or GSD, Should Replace LGBT

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‘Gender And Sexual Diversities,’ Or GSD, Should Replace ‘LGBT,’ Say London TherapistsCould “LGBT” one day become “GSD”? A London-based advocacy group certainly hopes so.Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela Gawler-Wright...   [Read More]


How to Raise a Transgendered Kid

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Matilda Gruner wears a boy’s snowsuit.The blue-and-yellow striped suit used to belong to her four-year-old brother. Their mom, Marion, thought that dressing Matilda, now 16 months, in hand-me-down jeans and T-shirts was frugal and eco-friendly. She...   [Read More]


Bullying Explains Only Part of LGBTQ-Heterosexual Risk Disparities

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From the Journal “Educational Researcher” November 2012 2nd and 3rd paragraphs particularly interesting… 6. The Impact of School Climate on LGBTQ YouthIn this Educational Researcher article, Joseph Robinson and Dorothy Espelage (University of...   [Read More]


Turning a Conundrum into a Celebration

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On Halloween night I found myself in a conundrum. Not the “Should I keep the candy all to myself” conundrum – that one happens every year. No, this was different.On Halloween night I found myself in front of 20 4th year Brock business students with...   [Read More]


DSBN Positive Space Leadership Forum

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DSBN is stepping out – and up – by organizing and hosting the Positive Space Leadership Forum Oct 18 and 19. I was there today, with teachers and students from every secondary school in our school board to talk about how to make our schools safer for...   [Read More]


The Rainbow Dinner Group

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The Rainbow Dinner Group is a group of lesbian women who meet once a week for breakfast, once per month for dinner and once per year for a Christmas Dinner/Dance.If you would like to be added to our email list please contact us at...   [Read More]


New Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus Lifts Its Voice High

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Co-founded by Beamsville school principal Lorne Gretsinger and local educator Michael Wilmot, the chorus brings together about 20 men from St. Catharines to Mississauga. The next closest gay men’s choruses are in Toronto and Buffalo, meaning this one...   [Read More]


First openly gay pro athlete better have game

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In the aftermath of Escobar’s homophobic face painting, an interesting article appeared in The Globe and Mail. Here is a taste:But until the first active, professional athlete presents himself as being gay, freeing others while drawing out those who...   [Read More]


Thank you Pride in Niagara

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If you haven’t been paying attention, too bad! Pride in Niagara put together a terrific June PRIDE for us all here in the Niagara Region, culminating with PRIDE in the Park on June 9. I am still giddy from the site of rainbow balloons and 40+ drag...   [Read More]


Sticks and Stones and Words

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Its getting bad in the hallways of my school – again. Fag this! and Fag that! I am told by an out gay student that he has simply given up caring after he heard one of his friends using the word in front of him!I think that most of the time, the word...   [Read More]


OUT at Work Nov 17, 2011

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Today I was asked by a Grade 10 teacher to come into her class – right now – to explain to her students why using the word “faggot” and “gay” as a synonym for the word “stupid” is offensive and hurtful. She had tried and apparently, they were not...   [Read More]


OUT at Work – Standing Up

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Last week was time for a couple of folks at my school to stand-up ; each with opposing view-points and values, but each doing what they felt was the right thing for them to do.Just for a little background and context, ten minutes before the start of...   [Read More]


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